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Jun 09, 2022

RFH Track Squads Top Division

By Les Pierce

Megan Burns wins the A-Central Division 400-meter dash.

The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School track teams have been enjoying a string of successes this spring. Their sweep of both the boys and girls A-Central Division titles over an eight-team field was yet another demonstration of their talents.

The girls’ squad dominated the sprints. Chloee Dotts (12.74) claimed the 100-meter title with sophomore teammate Kate Hennen (13.46) taking second. 

Dotts (25.56) was also victorious in the 200-meter dash. This time, she led a contingent of Bulldogs who claimed the first five positions. Following the senior sprinter across the line were freshman Clemmie Lilley (26.01), Megan Burns (26.30), Tyler Argilagos (27.08) and Hennen (26.01).

Burns won the 400-meter dash with a clocking of 1:00.33. It was the closest race of the day. The junior crossed the line just .01 seconds over Shore Regional’s Caroline Donohoe (1:00.34), the 2021 Shore Conference, Group I CJ State Sectional and overall NJSIAA Group I 800-meter champion. Tyler Argilagos (1:02.73) finished third.

Head Coach Tim McLoone elected to staff his 4×400 relay team with frosh runners Izzy Rodriguez, Mia Carey and Cassedy Stypul along with sophomore anchor Quinn Cushing. The quartet vindicated the coach’s faith in their abilities with a win and a commendable time of 4:18.82. In the closest pursuit were Ocean Township (4:24.15) and Holmdel (4:25.52).  

RFH’s distance running talent was put on display when Logan Rettino (11:45.30) and Olivia Rivera (12:06.89) combined for a one-two punch in the 3,200-meter run. Both are frosh runners.

Mackenzie Sullivan posted the top height in the pole vault at 8-00.00. Ellie Applegate (7-00.00) finished third.

Also scoring in the girls’ meet were Julia Shanes (second 1,600 and 800 meters) and Quinn Cushing (second 400-meter hurdles).  

  In sharp contrast, the boys’ team relied heavily on field events.

John Connors was a double winner. He clinched the long jump with a leap of 21-01.00, beating Monmouth County champion Jaidin Hayes (20-02.50) of Red Bank Catholic.

Connors cleared the bar 6-02.00 to also gain victory in the high jump. Teammate Sean Trinder (5-06.00) took second place.

Sophomore Markus Brown clinched top honors in the triple jump with a mark of 40-00.50. Cole Herman (37-10.00), also a sophomore, finished third.

The shot put event was clearly owned by the Bulldogs. Ryan McKay’s throw of 47-11.25 led a three-man sweep that included Charles Pearson (43-03.00) and Colin Kennedy (42-00.25).  

Also scoring in the boys’ meet were Jack D’Angelo (second 3,200 meters), Herman (second 110-meter hurdles), Laef Golden (second 400-meter hurdles and third 110-meter hurdles), Quinn Padovano (third 400-meter hurdles), Gabe Stypul (second pole vault), Leonard Izzo (third pole vault) and Charles Pearson (second javelin).  

Schools that competed in the two-day meet were Holmdel, Monmouth Regional, Ocean Township, Raritan, Red Bank Catholic, Shore Regional and St. Rose.